We can’t believe that we have come to the end of the school year already!
We have been so busy this year and the pupils have been so productive! SRC has continued to be a huge success and the pupils have developed so many skills.
We have also been busy with our Prince’s Trust work, learning more about the importance of exercise, team work and how to manage our money more carefully.
The pupils have really enjoyed the cookery sessions in class. They have worked hard to design menus, while developing awareness of healthy eating and promoting their independence.
It has been a pleasure to watch them flourish this year.
We say ‘au revoir’ to our four of our friends and we wish them all the very best in the next part of their journey.
Thank you for your continued support over the year - we couldn’t do it without you!
I can not believe we have reached the end of April already - the school year is flying in!!!
Leavers pupils are taking things easy this term - just with cookery. We are looking at convenience meals and dinners that the pupils can prepare, with minimal staff support - this is a great way to prepare for life beyond Donard School. Already we have made jacket potatoes, with a range of fillings, and waffles with fish fingers - always a winner!
We have been busy completing our Prince’s Trust units in Managing Money, Participating in Exercise and Teamwork Skills - these will support us daily when we leave Donard School..
What a month!
Our Leavers finished their second module in the SRC and undertook their third - we are looking forward to our last sessions, with students taking part in Nail Art, Car Valeting and Horticulture (Growing Food from Seed). I am really looking forward to tasting the home-grown beetroot!
This month our pupils excelled themselves - they demonstrated a sense of pride with the official opening of the school, the parent open morning and the Spring Concert. They have shown a range of skills - preparing the school for visitors, serving tea and coffee, promoting our Young Enterprise stall, partaking and supporting in the Spring Concert - each one offering their skills and qualities in their own individual way - well done Leavers!
PS Look out for our Young Enterprise Spring/Summer brochure catalogue coming soon!
Life in Leavers continues to be busy - we have been continuing our Prince’s Trust Units and have been particularly busy this month ‘participating in exercise’. We have been taking part in a sensory circuit in class, going to the leisure centre each week and taking part in soccer training, under the direction of Mal Donaghy, IFA. It has been great to see the strength, endurance and confidence grow each week.
We enjoyed meeting our friends from Ceara for the Valentine Disco, returning the invitation they made to us last year. It was great to see them all again, and we look forward to meeting up at the Interschool Formal on May 17th - remember to keep this date free!
Leavers pupils have hit the New Year hard and fast - we’ve been back to the SRC and had great experiences in class doing Baking Skills, Photography and learning how to keep safe on the internet.
We’ve also been preparing for the Young Enterprise Cross Border Trade Fair - our theme is ‘Recycle, Upcycle and we’ve been busy making our products.
We’ve also enjoyed taking part in the Gathering Drums drumming sessions.
The key theme this term is Healthy Eating and our pupils have been busy in cookery making lots of healthy options - steamed vegetables have been a real success.
We’ve also been going to use the facilities in Banbridge Leisure Centre., to support our Prince’s Trust accreditation Participating in Exercise.
What a month!!!
Leavers were so busy putting the finishing touches to the Young Enterprise products - thank you so much for your support! We also enjoyed the rehearsals and final presentation of our take on Scrooge. The pupils did an excellent job and had so much fun on stage - we are all very proud of their efforts! We enjoyed going to the SRC to attend their annual tea dance.
We also made Christmas dinner in class - lots of fun preparing the vegetables - but it was all worth it in the end. We have also been busy making lots of Christmas craft which we hope you like.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2018.
November saw the end of our first module in the SRC - our pupils have excelled themselves and really enjoyed the opportunity to embrace new experiences.
Leavers pupils have undertaken the first of their Big Work Challenges. With a list of jobs to complete, parents are encouraged to take a break, while our young people complete a range of jobs around the house - well done everyone for taking part so enthusiastically.
The highlight of November of course had to be the Ice Hockey in Belfast - everyone had a fantastic time - we look forward to attending this again next year.
Look out for the Christmas brochure from Bright Sparks, our Young Enterprise team, coming soon!!!
October has been a busy month in the Leavers class - we have continued with our Participation and Inclusion workshop with Barnardos - this is preparing our pupils for life beyond Donard School - encouraging our pupils to use their own voice.
Time has also been spent preparing our Friday dinners - from the researching of recipes and making shopping lists, to the cooking of the dishes - all have got the thumbs up so far!
Work has continued in our courses in the SRC - we’ve enjoyed learning lots of new skills.
It was also great to have a visit from a former pupil, Nathan. We got to see how he has kept himself busy since leaving Donard - well done Nathan!
September has brought big changes to Leavers - a new teacher and a new classroom, but the Leavers are adapting very well to their new circumstances.
We have spent the month getting to know each other, and paying each other some lovely compliments. We’ve also been getting back to basics in the kitchen, looking at Health and Safety and planning our meals for Term 1 - we’ll be very busy in the kitchen.
We also celebrated Jake’s 18th birthday in class - enjoying lots of treats with our friends from Class 12.
We’ve returned to the SRC, where we have been busy with our new courses - Bench Joinery, Hair Care and Brick Laying.
We are looking forward to a great year of fun times and happy memories!